Vol. 75, No. 10, October
Supreme Court Orders
The Board of Bar Examiners has amended SCR Chapter 40, appendix,
regarding character and fitness requirements to practice law.
SCR 40.11 having provided for rule-making authority by the Board of
Bar Examiners that is consistent with Chapter 40 of the Supreme Court
Rules, and the Board of Bar Examiners having conducted a public hearing
on June 20, 2002, after appropriate notice, the following regulations
under Chapter 40 of the Supreme Court Rules are amended or created as
SCR Chapter 40 Appendix
REQUIREMENT AS TO CHARACTER AND FITNESS
TO PRACTICE LAW
Create BA 6.04:
The Board shall notify an applicant in writing that it intends to
deny his or her application for admission. The notice shall state the
reasons for the intended denial and provide an opportunity to request a
hearing before the Board. At the time of notice, the Board shall provide
the applicant with a copy of the complete packet of information it used
in arriving at its decision.
Renumber BA 6.0
Diploma Privilege. An applicant for admission under diploma privilege
shall file an application for a character and fitness certification with
the Board. The Board shall establish that the applicant has the
qualities of character and fitness needed to practice law and, following
certification from the dean of competence under SCR 40.03, shall certify
to the Supreme Court the qualifying applicants for admission.
The Board authorizes its staff to close any application for a
character and fitness certification that remains incomplete one year
following the date the application was filed with the Board.
These rules shall become effective Aug. 22, 2002.
Dated at Marinette, Wis., this 28th day of August 2002.
By the Board of Bar Examiners:
Mary L. Staudenmaier, Chairperson